Updated: LPS leasing space in 2 buildings

LPS officials have reached an agreement to lease another location in addition to the Experian building for their district offices.

Superintendent Steve Joel announced they will lease part of the Celerion building near 14th and Highway 2 for the LPS Human Resources offices.  They will move into that building as early as next week. 

The Lincoln City council agreed to lease the Experian building to Lincoln Public Schools at their meeting Monday night.  The council combined three weeks of voting and discussion into one final, unanimous decision.

Councilman Jon Camp says, “In my 12 years on the council, this is one of the most emergent, if not the most emergent, piece of legislation we've voted on.”

Last week's fire at the LPS district offices left hundreds of employees without a place to work.  The city council agreed to let the district use the Experian building in north Lincoln as its temporary headquarters.

Greg MacLean, the director of Public Works says it will have effect his operations, but that they're excited to help.  “We did have one our operating divisions that was preparing to move into the space that we'll be leasing to LPS. They're actually going to remain in temporary offices at this time.”

LPS will lease for a flat rate of about $510 for the year.

Some city council members were hesitant about the flat rate, saying the printing system LPSwould set up could jack up utility costs more than the city originally anticipated.   However, time took precedence.  The council did add a provision that would include charging more for utilities if LPS does use more power than originally thought.  Camp adds, “I don't think there's any concern on either part that one's going to take advantage of the other.  It's just a matter of going through the logistics and making sure that all the appropriate agreements are in place.”

LPS will begin their move into the Experian building Tuesday morning.